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Police union drops last union challenge to ACT 10Submitted: 08/08/2014
Police union drops last union challenge to ACT 10
Story By Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - The state's largest police union has dropped its challenge to Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions, ending the last legal fight over the contentious prohibitions.

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association filed a lawsuit in 2012 alleging the restrictions violated its right to free speech, association and equal protection. A Dane County judge dismissed the case last year, saying the law doesn't take anything away from workers to which they're constitutionally entitled.

The WLEA appealed but the odds were stacked against a reversal. The prohibitions have survived three other court challenges and last week the state Supreme Court upheld them in a fourth case that raised similar issues as WLEA's lawsuit.

Court records show the WLEA dropped its appeal on Friday.

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